The Gabfest: Obama’s GOP Schmooze, Rand Paul’s Filibuster, and Sen. Menendez’s Prostitution Scandal

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March 8 2013 2:57 PM

The Screw You, Let’s Have Lunch Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about Obama’s renewed efforts to schmooze the GOP, Rand Paul’s filibuster, and the evolving Sen. Menendez prostitution scandal.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Dave Weigel discuss President Obama’s renewed efforts to schmooze GOP lawmakers, the Rand Paul filibuster on U.S. drone policy, and the Sen. Robert Menendez prostitution scandal.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

John chatters about Mike Brodie’s “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity,” which features photos from Brodie’s 10 years of train-hopping travels.

Dave Weigel chatters about former AP correspondent Jonathan Katz’s report about claims of UN malfeasance in Haiti.

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich. Executive Producer: Andy Bowers.

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics